Portsmouth’s lead at the top of the Sky Bet League One standings was cut to four points although Matt Clarke prevented a surprise defeat in a 2-2 draw against Burton at Fratton Park.
Oliver Hawkins had given Pompey the lead after 36 minutes with a thumping header from Ben Thompson’s pin-point cross but the fixture was turned on its head after the break.
Half-time substitute Devante Cole scored with his first touch two minutes after his introduction while Jake Hesketh lashed into the roof of the net after a solo run almost immediately afterwards. The hosts hit back through Clarke’s towering header from a Gareth Evans corner but they could not find a winner, meaning Peterborough narrowed the gap on their promotion rivals.
Rhys Bennett scored the only goal of the game as Posh beat Fleetwood 1-0, the centre-back heading home from Louis Reed’s drilled corner in the 52nd minute.
It was a first home win in six matches for Peterborough, who remain a point ahead of third-placed Sunderland after the Black Cats defeated Doncaster by the same scoreline. Chris Maguire’s goal two minutes after half-time gave the visitors all three points.
Plymouth leapt off the foot of the standings by clinching only their second win of the season after defeating Gillingham 3-1, with Freddie Ladapo scoring a double once again. Bradford now sit at the bottom of the table on goal difference after going down 4-2 at home to Coventry.
Danny Hylton’s hat-trick propelled Luton into the top six thanks to a 4-1 victory over fellow promotion contenders Accrington. Offrande Zanzala cancelled out Hylton’s early opener but the frontman struck almost immediately after Andrew Shinnie had restored Luton’s lead following the resumption before bagging his third in the 70th minute.
Fifth-placed Barnsley suffered their second defeat in the space of four days as lowly Shrewsbury prevailed 3-1.
Substitute Gavin Whyte grabbed what could be a potentially priceless point for struggling Oxford in a 1-1 draw against Charlton, who had taken the lead through Lyle Taylor’s 25th-minute penalty.
Wycombe leapfrogged Rochdale into 14th as goals from Bryn Morris, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Fred Onyedinma gave Wanderers a 3-0 victory.
Harry Bunn collected his first Southend goals, scoring in either half and either side of Timothee Dieng’s strike as the Shrimpers eased past Walsall, also by a 3-0 scoreline.
Bristol Rovers won for the first time in six league matches as Edward Upson’s strike and Will Nightingale’s own goal gave the Pirates a 2-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon, who slumped to a fifth consecutive defeat.
Armand Gnanduillet scored the only goal of the game as Blackpool overcame Scunthorpe 1-0 at Bloomfield Road.
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